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The Center for Parenting Education

Why Parenting Education
is Essential

Because children acquire the abilities to become responsible, caring adults and citizens of their society from the people who are most intensely involved with them, parenting is the most important and challenging job any of us can have; yet, it receives little support or recognition in our society.  There is very little formal training for this task and parents are often isolated and without adequate support networks. The programs at The Center for Parenting Education address these needs of parents in our community.

People often wonder why parents attend parenting education classes.  Isn’t good parenting innate? Studies have shown that in fact most parents can benefit from some guidance in order to do the best job they can in raising their children.

In our own community, The Montgomery County Office of Drug and Alcohol 2004-05 Risk Assessment Survey identified “family management” problems as being one of the top three risk factors in the county that leads to substance abuse among teens. These included:

  • lack of clear expectations
  • failure of parents to monitor their children
  • excessively severe or inconsistent punishment.

Another study, commissioned by The Pew Charitable Trusts, states that parenting education can “strengthen a child’s ability to survive and succeed” and that “What families lack is the societal commitment to support parents in tangible and effective ways as they raise their children.”

Laurence Steinberg in his book, Beyond the Classroom, states and research confirms that children raised in supportive, warm, affectionate homes in which there are clear and consistently reinforced rules are less likely to engage in at-risk behavior and are more likely to be successful.  This authoritative parenting approach is the style that is the foundation for the concepts taught in all the programs at The Center for Parenting Education.

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